Jesse Redwing grew up on punk, found inspiration in the likes of Peter Green, John Mayall, Eric Burdon, Eric Clapton and the Stones, then took a step back to “the real shit”: Chess Records, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Buddy Guy and Willie Dixon.
“I wasn’t born to the blues, but it found me somehow and now there’s no turning back,” he says.
Backed by the Real MVPs (drummer Nicholas Meredith and bass player Brendan ‘Thumper’ Clark), Redwing’s real, raw, punk-tinged blues is a live experience to behold, and producer Stephen Mowat has proved himself capable of capturing their explosive energy on tape.
Studio recordings have so far come in the form of singles Comin’ On and Crawlin’ Up The Walls – the latter recently launched at a packed Brighton Up Bar – and there’s a full-length album set to see the light later in 2016.
A blues revival looks well-and-truly ready to kick off, and Redwing might just be the man to lead the congregation. Hallelujah.